The George R.R. Martin Quiz

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The George R.R. Martin Quiz
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You may know a lot about this author's books or the television series his work inspired, but how much do you know about George R.R. Martin? Take this quiz to find out!
When was author George R.R. Martin born?
1938
1948
Martin was born Sept. 20, 1948, to Raymond and Margaret Martin.
1958

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Where did Martin grow up?
Bayonne, New Jersey
Martin grew up in Bayonne, New Jersey.
Hempstead, New York
Waterford, Connecticut

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True or false: Martin is the youngest of three siblings.
true
false
George R.R. Martin is the oldest of three Martin siblings. Martin has two younger sisters: Darleen Martin Lipinski and Janet Martin Patten.

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What do the initials R.R. stand for in George R.R. Martin's name?
Richard Reed
Raymond Richard
The initials stand for Raymond Richard.
Raymond Ralph

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When did Martin begin writing fiction?
elementary school
He began writing fiction in elementary school. Martin wrote and sold monster stories to children in his neighborhood.
middle school
high school

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Which high school did Martin attend?
Marist High School
Martin attended Marist High School in New Jersey. At the time, Marist was a private Catholic college preparatory school for boys.
Bayonne High School
Newark High School

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From which university did Martin receive a bachelor's degree and master's degree in journalism?
Columbia University
Emerson College
Northwestern University
Martin received both degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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What year did Martin earn a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University?
1969
1971
Martin earned the degree in 1971.
1973

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During which war was Martin a conscientious objector?
Gulf War
Korean War
Vietnam War
Martin was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. A conscientious objector is opposed to bearing arms or serving in the military based on moral or religious beliefs. Conscientious objectors are placed in noncombat roles through the Alternative Service Program.

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During which years did Martin perform his alternative service?
1970-72
1972-74
Martin performed his alternative service as a conscientious objector from 1972-74. Martin worked as a volunteer for the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation in Illinois.
1974-76

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What type of tournaments did the author Martin direct in the 1970s?
chess
From 1973-76, Martin directed chess tournaments for the Continental Chess Association.
poker
"Dungeons & Dragons"

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Which college course did Martin teach in the late 1970s?
English
speech
journalism
Martin taught journalism at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, from 1976-78.

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What year was Martin first married?
1973
1975
Martin married his first wife, Gale Burnick, in 1975.
1977

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What was the title of Martin's first published work?
"The Kingdom"
"The Wizard"
"The Hero"
Martin's first published work was "The Hero."

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How old was Martin when "The Hero" was published?
21 years old
Martin was 21 years old when "The Hero" was published.
23 years old
25 years old

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True or false: Galaxy Magazine published George R. R. Martin's short story "The Hero."
true
Galaxy Magazine published "The Hero" in 1970. Galaxy was an American science fiction magazine that was published from 1950-80.
false

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Which year was Martin's collection of short stories, "A Song for Lya and Other Stories," published?
1974
1976
The collection was originally published by Avon in 1976 but has been reprinted by other publishers since.
1978

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What is the title of Martin's debut novel?
"The Light of the Dying"
"A Song of the Dying"
"Dying of the Light"
"Dying of the Light" was nominated for the Hugo Award for best novel.

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When was "Dying of the Light" published?
1977
"Dying of the Light" was published by Simon & Schuster in 1977.
1979
1981

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When did Martin and Gale Burnick divorce?
1977
1979
Martin and Burnick divorced in 1979. The couple had no children.
1981

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For which televised science fiction series was Martin an editor?
"The Outer Limits"
"Tales From the Darkside"
"The Twilight Zone"
In 1986, Martin was a story editor for the CBS science fiction television series "The Twilight Zone."

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Which CBS television series did Martin work on from 1987-89?
"The Equalizer"
"Beauty and the Beast"
"Beauty and the Beast" aired from 1987-90.
"Airwolf"

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Martin started on the series "Beauty and the Beast" as an executive story consultant, but what position did he hold when he left the series?
supervising producer
Martin was co-supervising producer when he left the series "Beauty and the Beast" in 1989.
director
head writer

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Martin was the writer and executive producer of which science fiction television movie?
"Sliders"
"Hallways"
"Doorways"
Martin was the writer and executive producer of the television movie "Doorways." The Columbia Pictures Television science fiction movie was used as the framework for the series "Sliders."

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What is the name of Martin's popular series of fantasy novels?
"A Song of Fire and Ice"
"A Song of Ice and Fire"
The TV show "Game of Thrones" is based on "A Song of Ice and Fire."
"A Fire of Ice and Song"

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When was the first novel of the series "A Song of Ice and Fire" published?
1996
"A Game of Thrones" is the first book in the series "A Song of Ice and Fire." It was originally published in 1996 by Bantam Books.
1998
2000

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When were Martin and his current wife, Parris McBride, married?
2009
2010
2011
Martin and McBride were married on Feb. 15, 2011.

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Which network airs the popular television series "Game of Thrones"?
Netflix
HBO
HBO began airing "Game of Thrones" in 2011.
TNT

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True or false: In 2013, Martin opened a movie theater.
true
In 2013, Martin opened the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
false

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Where does Martin live?
Taos, New Mexico
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Martin lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

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